Munster and Ireland international rugby star CJ Stander has announced his retirement from professional sport.
Stander, who earned 51 caps for Ireland, said that faith and family are now the most important themes of his life.
He said: “During the lockdown, I did a stocktake of what matters most to me in life.
“My faith, family and this incredible game I have played since I was six years old easily topped the list.
“However, I came to the realisation that my commitment to rugby has started to take an unfair toll on my family, who both in Limerick and South Africa have made considerable sacrifices for more than 25 years to allow me to live my dream.
“My blood will remain Munster Red long after I have said my goodbyes to the people of Limerick.”
Stander, who earned 51 caps for Ireland, is a committed Christian and has given glory to God for protecting his family.
He said: “Thank you Jesus for protecting us and keeping us healthy throughout this year! Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
From New Life Newspaper issue 322.